Thursday, December 5, 2013

{Blog Tour, Review + Giveaway} Shrouded by Frances Pauli

{Blog Tour, Review + Giveaway} Shrouded by Frances Pauli

Vashia’s father is the planetary governor. Unfortunately, he’s also a complete bastard. When he promises her to his lackey, Jarn, she panics. On the run in the nastiest corner of the galaxy, Vashia seizes her one chance at escape and signs on as a bride candidate for the elusive race of aliens known as the Shrouded, unaware that she very well may be chosen as the next Queen of Shroud

Of the seven, volatile Shrouded princes, Dolfan may be the only one that doesn't covet the throne. So the last thing he expects to find in the future queen is the woman of his dreams. If he wants Vashia, he must accept the throne as well. Unfortunately, his long-time rival has the same idea. Now, only the planet’s sacred crystal can decide their fates, but what happens when the right woman is paired with the wrong man? And when Jarn comes after what was promised to him? (Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} Paperback, 334 pages. Published November 21st 2013 by The Zharmae Publishing Press. Source: Coffee & Characters blog tour in exchange for an honest review

Author Bio:
Frances Pauli writes speculative fiction, usually with touches of humor or romance, which means, of course, that she has trouble choosing sides.
She's always been a fan of things outside the box, odd, weird or unusual, and that trend follows through her books, which feature aliens, fairies, and even, on occasion, an assortment of humans.

More information on her work and upcoming releases can be found on her

{Rating} 5/5 - I loved it!

"He managed to cut her off four steps from sanctuary." (line 1, page 1)

Action, intrigue, strange planets, lavender men and a big stone called the heart that decides your future, there's so much to like. The book had me from the start, from Vashia's flight from marriage to Jarn, a ruthless, violent man to her desperate decision to sign up as a Bride Candidates on Shroud, a insular, dangerous world.

I felt like I was along for the ride with Vashia, alone, terrified, thrown into a new world, a new life, struggling with foreign customs, expectations and dangers. She's a strong character, continuing to fight even when the situation seems hopeless.

I really liked Dolfan, he's a smart, brave, caring guy. And he's sweet.
"I don't want the throne, Mof." He didn't. But a wiggle of guilt coursed through him. He did want the heart. Anyone raised in its shadow would, anyone raised by parents who'd felt the bond every time they looked at one another." Location 790
Vivid world building, excellent descriptions and an interesting plot full of political intrigue and maneuvering. The twists and turns in the story kept me on the edge of my seat, turning the pages, dying to know what was going to happen next.

The ending felt a bit rushed and a bit of a let down, Pauli builds up and then when we're about to get the big payoff it's 'the end'. But the story left me wanting more. I definitely want to read more from Pauli and more about the Princes of the Shroud.


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